“I came here to play basketball”, Asael said only one hour after his arrival. Hamburg is the first international engagement for the young blood from Israel. He shoulders responsibility on the court anyway and compete with the best players in the RBBL. Eventually Asael has some great goals to achieve in life.
As he awaits family and friends nearly every home game he could run out of tickets for the matches quickly. Fans of him watching the games would always the a passionate sometimes wild Asael on the court. By the way: the youngest team member is the driver of the team bus at the same time.
It's "double or nothing" for Asael, Karlis and the BG Baskets. After some sportive as well as emotional ups and downs during the season the team can now wrap up the playoffs with a winner in the last game of the regular season. But unfortunately its cup winner and champion of last year RSV Lahn-Dill they have to play against.
The Baskets couldn't be without the Front Office of the HSV. Logiscitcs, marketing, but also barbecue and other services - the team behind takes care of it. Team manager David Schulze is in charge of everything. He does his job with passion, but he has still one wish for the sport...
How fit is the team? Every year the BG Baskets have to do a medical check-up. Doc Sascha Kluge and his team of the BG Klinikum in Hamburg test the general shape of the players and do a performance diagnostics.
Under the basket it really gets down to business. Asael Shabo lands rudely on the aluminum tube of the opponent's wheelchair. Fortunately, nothing bad happened - except for a cracked rib.
It's a tense mood in the team after the first defeat. Everybody knew, that the season wouln't be easy going at all times. The home game against the Rhine River Rhinos from Wiesbaden is a major challange for the Baskets so far. Captain Kai and his team have to deal the first crisis. Unfortunately play maker Ali is injured and his appearence on the court is incertain.
Not only the opponents on the court challange the BG Baskets. Also living next-door to one another is a major part, which demands well cooperation. The team has to grow together for success.
The BG Baskets go on their longest trip directely for the season opener. The whole team travels to Munich by train. From the station the team goes straight into the gym to meet their opponent - the 'Iguanas'. Captain Kai Möller motivates his team and knows, 'now it's hot!' A victory could be celebrated at the world famous Oktoberfest.
Six new signings gain the BG Baskets in this season. A lot to do for head coach Holger Glinicki in the short pre-season. How will he manage to bind the six men and two women together as a team? The athletes arrive in Hamburg one after another and move into the Baskets' flat. Each of them got his or her unique story. Young talent Asael is from Israel. Hamburg is his first stop abroad. The new beginning is on.
The film project VIERZEHNEINHALB joins the wheelchair basketball team of the BG Baskets Hamburg over the 17/18 season. A story about way more than sport. Nine players, seven different countries and countless of unique stories. But how does those different characters become a team? The single players with his or her own moving backgrounds have to build a unit, because cohesion only makes them capable of success. Get to know the athletes and join them on their challange. By the...